December, 2012

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How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

Digital B2B Marketing

I’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information. LinkedIn profile access is even more restricted, today you now need a premium account to view third degree connections. Searching in LinkedIn, this is all I was able to see of his profile: 1.

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24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity

Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? It’s certainly gaining traction, with over 500 million users now on board, already half of Facebook’s total. Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. So what makes Google+ special?

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The Social Business Shift [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this What’s a  social business  all about? Is it about having your brand on Twitter or Facebook? Is it about private social networks? Certainly, these all play a part. But what social business is truly about a “shift”, a move from enterprises attempting insulate itself from disruption and instead greeting it warmly. It’s not meant to be exhaustive.

10 of the Best B2B Internet Marketing Infographics of 2012

KoMarketing Associates

This year, there has been a tremendous amount of visual information presented on internet marketing, SEO, and B2B-related marketing initiatives. As 2012 winds down, here are 10 of our favorite internet marketing infographics related to the B2B sector. Do you have a favorite that we’ve missed? We would love to hear more via comments below. Hope you enjoy! Is SEO Dead? Is SEO Dead?

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

2013: The Year of Integrated Digital Marketing

Synecore

The widespread adoption of Internet, social, and mobile technologies has shifted power from the producer to the consumer. In this new “techonomy,” the increasingly sophisticated and highly-connected consumer expects more from brands; he or she wants personalization, relevance, convenience, simplicity, and proximity. They need an integrated digital marketing strategy. The Maturation of Mobile.

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Your 2013 Social Media Strategy: Grow a Pair.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

First I would like to explain this strange headline to my international readers. “Grow a pair” (not ot be confused with “grow a pear”) is American slang for stepping up to be tough and bold. Now, on with the show. There is an infection overwhelming social media strategy development and the virus is fear. Really? It’s been on the table for at least 3-4 years now.

Predatory Thinking - Welcome a New Breed of Marketers

Tomorrow People

What is predatory thinking? And how can it help you produce killer strategy? Peter Winter, Performance Consultant at Tomorrow People , says that there are two stages to producing a strategy. First: you need to understand the problem. He was Dave Trott, Executive Creative Director at CSTTG. Or, perhaps more simply, turning a problem you can’t solve into one you can. Hunting ‘Outside the Box’.

17 Tragically Common Copywriting Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

With more than 80% of b2b and high-value consumer purchasing decisions now starting with online research, content marketing is hot. Consider: Buyers want content. According to J-P De Clerck , “87% of surveyed buyers look for advice before buying a product, service or solution. The first source when doing so: Web searches. Search and content are by definition very integrated.” Is 72%?

5 Stats You Need to Know About Online Video Marketing [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s infographic comes courtesy of Brainshark, Inc. , the cloud-based solution for creating, sharing and tracking online and mobile video presentations, and an Eloqua partner. You can thank Brendan Cournoyer , Brainshark’s content marketing manager, for the post below. But it’s not just that video is big right now – it’s that it’s getting bigger.

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Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced today that it has agreed to purchase B2B marketing automation leader Eloqua for $23.50 per share, which comes to $871 million. This was a bit of a surprise, given that Eloqua just went public in August. The stock had been hovering around $17.50 recently, so $23.50 is a 34% premium: reasonable but not exciting. The jury on that is very much still out. But at least it’s possible.

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Are Manufacturers Turning a Deaf Ear to Content Marketing?

Industrial Marketing Today

Despite all the published reports about the great results that businesses are deriving from content marketing, it seems manufacturers and industrial companies are still stuck in their old ways of [.]. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.].

A cautionary tale: Putting your business in the hands of Facebook

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

As I enjoyed a mega-popular Kebab restaurant on my street, I wondered about the “secret” of their success. Certainly one factor is the kebab itself — a delicious jungle of salad, meat, and fresh herb sauce that melted like Angel cream on your tongue. Mmmmmm. The other aspect of their success, and frankly the more interesting part for us, is their Facebook presence. Wowzee. frowned. Like or.

Marketing In Real-Time – The New Trading Room Floor

B2B Marketing Insider

By Brian Kardon - CMO, Lattice Engines. vividly remember a lunch with my friend, David Meerman Scott – author, digital, speaker extraordinaire and recovering CMO.  At the time, David was working out some ideas for his soon-to-be best-seller Real-Time Marketing & PR   and I was chief marketing officer at Eloqua.  Marketers’ offices resembled trading room floors. Any edge. Including me! Strateg

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23 (More) of the Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resources of 2012

Webbiquity

As noted in 33 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resources of 2012 So Far , posted here a few months ago, social media marketing adoption is now so widespread there’s little further question of “if” or “when” in the minds of most marketers–but many “how” and “what” questions still remain. Social Media Marketing Guides and Tips.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Oracle and Eloqua Agree to Combine to Accelerate Modern Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Payne | Tweet this Today Eloqua announced that it has signed definitive agreements to be acquired by Oracle in an all cash deal valued at $23.50 per share.  Read the whole press release here. I am excited that we have decided to join forces with Oracle upon closing because we believe that together we can accelerate the pace of modern marketing. So our customers will get a better Eloqua.

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Predatory Thinking - Welcome a New Breed of Marketers

Tomorrow People

What is predatory thinking? And how can it help you produce killer strategy? Pete Winter, Performance Consultant at Tomorrow People , says that there are two stages to producing a strategy. First: you need to understand the problem. He was Dave Trott, Executive Creative Director at CSTTG. Or, perhaps more simply, turning a problem you can’t solve into one you can. Hunting ‘Outside the Box’.

The Future of Marketing Is Extreme

Digital B2B Marketing

Louder. Bigger. Sexier. Shocking And just maybe: More Useful We are inundated by marketing today. In a bid to stand out in the sea of marketing competing for our attention, marketing continues to move to the extremes. The future will push the boundaries of what we accept and expect in marketing. Here are just a few ways marketers will push the boundaries in the coming years. Strategy

Research shows that Pinterest is big, it’s bad, and it’s for real

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

A new report from The Social Habi t focuses on revelations about Pinterest and if you weren’t a “pinner” before, it might be time to get in the game! The study concludes that while Pinterest has a smaller user base than services like Facebook or Twitter, the service engenders enormous loyalty and has become a daily habit for more than half its users. 38% of U.S. Arts & Crafts.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

The 2013 Marketing Predictions Post: Content Marketing And Social Business

B2B Marketing Insider

In my  Marketing Prediction post from last year, I did not break any new ground when I predicted that 2012 would be all about social, content and mobile. believe that our progress has been too slow but I think I got the topics right. Where did I fall short? Outside of the very few consumer marketing examples like the CocaCola Journey , I’m not sure I got that one right. Do you Agree?

Predictions for B2B digital marketing in 2013

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. It’s that time of the year when observers can’t resist making predictions about developments on the horizon.  I hereby take up that tradition, offering up four random prognostications for where B2B digital marketing is headed in 2013.   My topics include Facebook, content marketing, personal branding, and data hygiene—certainly an eclectic mix. More and better content.

What is Responsive Design?

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes from Richard Hill , VP & Practice Lead, Marketing Automation at Eloqua agency partner Quarry Integrated Communications , and co-author of “The Savvy Marketer’s Guide to Responsive Web Design”. You’ve seen the stats. Smart phones are everywhere. Tablets are seeing rocket ship growth and aren’t coming back to earth. Buyers have gone mobile.

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The Great Social Customer Service Race [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

How do big brands measure up on social media? The Great Social Customer Service Race" was created to evaluate how efficiently the nation's top brands provide consumer support on Twitter. We wanted to learn what kinds of tweets received a response, and how quickly. Each company received one tweet per weekday for four consecutive weeks. Positive ("thank you!"). Negative. question from their FAQ page.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

How Much Of My Demand Generation Budget Should I Be Spending On Lead Nurturing?

The Point

It’s that time of year again, and marketers’ thoughts turn to budgeting for the next 12 months. One of the most frequent questions we’re hearing from clients during this planning season pertains to the balance between pure lead generation on the one hand, and lead nurturing on the other. What then is the ideal mix between net new lead generation and the cultivation of existing leads? In short: no.

The Paradox of Social Media Popularity

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

B y  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. The paradox of popularity is that it can create a paralysis that inhibits you from creating the work that made you popular in the first place! For those of you trying to build an audience I know that might sound ridiculous. But you’re free to say anything. You’re not necessarily biased by how the audience will respond. 

The Content Marketing Echo Chamber

B2B Marketing Insider

Most corporate websites serve as platforms for brands to talk about themselves. Social Social Media? Amplification of what brands say about themselves and maybe what positive things others are saying about the brand. These are not conversations. They are content marketing echo chambers.  What is the content marketing echo chamber? Brand noise. All echoed in the social sphere. Focus On The Customer.

MindMatrix Adds Sales Support to Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

One easily predictable trend in B2B marketing automation is that vendors will tailor their systems to specific industries. This is happening to some extent, but not as quickly as I had expected. The reason may be that B2B marketing automation products have a narrower scope than B2C systems, meaning there’s less advantage in creating vertical editions. MindMatrix is one of them.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

The 4 Mary Meeker Slides Every Marketer Should See

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Every year, entrepreneurs, investors and businesses wait for analysis from Mary Meeker. Who is Meeker? former securities analyst, Meeker is a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The reason her slides capture so much attention is for their breadth and ability to spotlight Internet trends and whereconsumer behavior is heading. billion.

5 Critical Roles that Need SEO Skills

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. Last month, I said that SEO is the top skill for digital marketers. This might seem outrageous to one who has not read that post. Even to those who have read it, it might seem controversial. Many people in my Twitter stream are calling SEO the bane of the web. markschaefer, for example, recently tweeted: “SEO is the plague of the world.” Product Owners.

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18 Ways to Promote Your White Paper for Lead Generation

NuSpark

Well, your firm has written and produced a white paper. quality white paper can one of the most important content marketing vehicles to generate leads within your internet marketing plan. Now what?   How do you promote it? Your ultimate goals with white papers are typically the following: .  . Generate new leads. Nurture existing leads. Establish thought leadership.  . Here we go: Website. Video.

The results are in: An experiment in social influence

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

As many of you know, I recently asked fans of {grow} to support a charitable cause through a post entitled “ The kid who wanted a door for Christmas.” ” I’d like to examine the results of this appeal as an example of “social influence” in action. What happens when a blogger asks his audience to do something beyond clicking a “like button?” It doesn’t happen.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Big Data For Marketing: I Want My Real-Time Dashboard

B2B Marketing Insider

“Data is the new oil.” ” That was one of my favorite quotes from a conference I attended earlier this year. The businesses that can harvest and take advantage of big data will prosper and win in today’s hyper-competitive, social-driven and mobile-accessed economy. Second, we need the foresight to look at new technologies and tools to access it. Is this possible? Strategy

Google+ Communities: Good for Users, Marketers, and Google

Synecore

If Google could be personified as a politician, it’d be a really good one. Always looking to redefine long-held paradigms, the tech powerhouse may have just created the first win-win-win situation in recent memory with its new Communities feature on Google+. Let me explain. USERS: THANKS FOR THE EXPERIENCE. Gather Together.” No, I'm not about to launch into prayer. He was quickly sold.

Eloqua, Oracle & Why Modern Marketing Needs Open Systems

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The following article was co-written by Eloqua’s CEO,  Joe Payne , and Chief Technology Officer,  Steve Woods. Last Thursday we announced that we have entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle to become the core of Oracle’s Marketing Cloud. Modern marketing, at its core, involves a deep understanding the buyer. Their actions, such as their web visits, searches, social actions, event attendance, and video views, help us understand their intentions and interests at a current moment in time.

Becoming a social media pro doesn’t require all 10,000 hours

Biznology

While Malcolm Gladwell posited, in his book Outliers: The Story of Success , that one needs to engage in a challenging 10,000 hours of experience and practice before becoming a master, don’t let the belief that you need to accrue all 10,000 hours of challenging practice and experience before you sell yourself as a social media maven. No, you don’t. And you can, too. Related articles.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

3 Ways Mobile Insights Are Informing Online and Offline Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Customer Experience Mobile. It’s predicted that shoppers around the world will have purchased about $119 billion worth of goods and services through their mobile phones by 2015. Which means, as a sales channel, it will either supplement or replace other marketing platforms—namely, brick-and-mortar store locations, online stores like Amazon  and eBay , and/or standalone ecommerce sites.